Module details for Computer Networking 1


This module introduces the students to Computer Networks through an analysis of basic networking fundamentals.


The aim of this module is to provide you with a basic understanding of computer networking.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of operation of networking models.

2.  Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of operation of networking components and protocols.

3.  Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of operation of networking applications.

Indicative Content

1 Networking fundamentals

Architecture: circuit and packet switched networks; copper, fibre and wireless media. Effects of media on bandwidth and data throughput. Review of hubs, switches and routers and their advantages/disadvantages in a network configuration e.g. Ethernet and data link layer.

2 Network layers

Data segmentation and encapsulation. Use of MAC and IP addresses by network switches and routers. TCP and UDP protocols. Class based networks, allocation of IP address and their identification. Need for and determination of subnets and subnet masks.

3 Network models, protocols, applications

OSI model vs TCP/IP. Protocols and applications related to Application layer, Transport layer, Network layer, Data link layer, and Physical layer and their functionalities.

4 Networking Analysis

Analysis of network traffic; Application of tools used to analyse communication on local networks, Understanding network traffic, Methods of analysing network conversations.

5 Application of Network Knowledge

Designing computer networks; network hardware, logical and routing considerations. Troubleshooting networks. Building network applications; creating networking software that use sockets to communicate.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Practical Activity 39
Assessment 64
Independent 85
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


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